Archive for November, 2012

Fundrise

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

An interesting article on The Atlantic Cities web site, dealing with the essentially unsexy topic of real estate development funding. Almost all of the commercial real estate in this country is funded by Wall Street, by huge developers, and by investors who have nothing at all to do with the community where the development will take place. Two brothers in Washington DC are trying to launch a new, kickstarter sort of model for selling shares in local real estate projects to local people. Quite a read.

Cloudy Privacy

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I don’t keep up on this stuff as much as I probably should, but it sounds like the Democrat Party has decided that the Republicans have held a monopoly on usurping individual freedoms and privacy for too long. Next week the Senate votes on a bill that dramatically increases accessibility of private information to government agencies– without a warrant.

Just from reading the article, I don’t know that the law has a chance of passing Supreme Court review, but it’s still pretty scary the things our Congress wants to subject us to.  I wonder too if Patrick Leahy even knows what a “cloud” is.

Bull Roast

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Is anyone planning on going to the Thanksgiving Eve Bull Roast in Rochester this year? Apparently it’s not being held at McQuaid, but rather at a brew pub owned by some alumni.

Let me know if you’ll be in town for the holiday and want to have a couple of pints.

Nostalgia

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Soundgarden is on tour with Pearl Jam, and the conspiracy theory crowd seems to think that the President is in league with the United Nations to take away everyone’s guns.

Is it 1993? I have a lot of mistakes to rectify if it is.

Antispam.

Monday, November 12th, 2012

So, I’ve set up some new anti-spam mojo. The comment section was filling up with hundreds of posts hawking discount cosmetics and NBA jerseys, neither of which I thought seemed especially applicable to the users here.

If you see any weirdness, email me or send me a Facebook message and let me know.

College Hockey

Monday, November 12th, 2012

So, I took Dean to his first “away game” this weekend; Canisius was playing at RIT on Saturday night, so we drove up to the game and met my brother and his boys.

Man, what a turnout. Those nerds sure love their hockey team. We only had General Admission tickets, and couldn’t even get a seat; the place was so packed that we had to stand for the whole game. The boys didn’t seem to mind, though. They absolutely loved it.

Carlin on Election Day

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

“If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, if you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you are gonna get selfish, ignorant leaders. The term limits ain’t goinna do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So maybe, maybe, maybe it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here. Like… the public. Yeah. The public sucks! There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody. “The public sucks, fuck hope!”. Fuck hope. Because if it’s really just the fault of these politicians then where are all the other bright people of conscience? Where are all the bright, honest, inteligent americans ready to step in and save the Nation and lead the way? We don’t have people like that in this country; everybody’s at the mall, scratching his ass, picking his nose, taking his credit card out of his fanny pack and buying a pair of sneakers with lights in them!”

Well, with all due respect to Furious George, I went and did my civic duty this morning. No lines, no trouble, though I’ll admit that I still miss the kathunking of the lever machines. Stupid scantron ballots just aren’t the same.

Offensive Hacking

Monday, November 5th, 2012

What do you do when your government computers have been compromised by a hacker?

Apparently, if you’re Georgia, you create a malware-loaded file called “NATO Agreement”, take over his computer when he opens it, and take his picture with the webcam.

Hilarious.

75 Signals

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Hey look, it’s a traffic light with 75 different signals on it. This is exactly what that double-roundabout on Harlem and Kensington desperately needs to further confuse the half-blind Polish grandmas in the neighborhood.

Coming UnSkewed

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Okay. So this presidential election is pretty darn close. With states like Ohio, Nevada, Virginia, and the like swaying this way and that, it’s pretty unlikely that it’s going to be a landslide. Even if it is a “landslide” in the most technical term, does anyone really think it’s going to be a defeat of epic proportions?

Which led me to take a look at today’s UnSkewed Poll. Now, I get that people are basing a Romney “landslide” on two big factors that have changed from the 2008 election:

  • Independents seem to be favoring Romney this time around.
  • The Democrat base isn’t likely to have the same large turnout as four years ago.

Sure. Optimism is the name of the game, and you want momentum. If the incumbent/challenger roles were reversed, I have no doubt that Democrats would be puffing out their chests in the same way. That being said…UnSkewed is projecting a Romney win by 359 electoral votes to 179. Which leads me to really, honestly consider that this site is one giant troll. Am I the only one?